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By Robbie Blakeley, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The 2013 Campeonato Brasileiro (national tournament), informally known as the "Brasileirão," kicks off today with two Carioca clubs in action. São Januário outfit Vasco da Gama begin their campaign against Portuguesa whilst Carioca (Rio state) champions, Botafogo, travel to São Paulo to face current Libertadores and world champions, Corinthians.

On Sunday, May 26th, Flamengo take on Santos and Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?